A message from Bishop Wayne Smith about Diocesan Convention
From Bishop Wayne Smith
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
With the likelihood of the Saint Louis County grand jury releasing its decision within the next few days, I intend to ask the 175th Convention of the Diocese of Missouri to move with an expedited agenda once we convene tomorrow, November 21. This means that we would proceed with the Eucharist and ordinations as planned and then complete all the canonically required actions and elections as soon as possible. If we can complete the required business Friday afternoon, this would free clergy and delegates to return home as the situation and their consciences would warrant.
All signals point toward the grand jury reaching its decision in the Michael Brown shooting death sometime Friday, with the public release of the decision then coming on Sunday. This information is by no means certain, and on the other hand an early leak of any decision is possible. That is to say, the situation remains in flux, and no doubt I will need to depend on your willingness to be flexible as we move through the business and programmatic parts of our Convention. My hope is that we can complete everything we have planned, even if it is not in the order we had expected.
I ask your continued prayers for our Diocese and Convention, the broken region in which we live, the six candidates as they plan for ordination, and most of all the mission into which God calls us.
All for the sake of Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.
Bishop of Missouri